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M.Ed. in Kinesiology—Athletic Training

The master's program in Athletic Training is a post-professional master's program designed to provide advanced instruction and clinical and research experiences to students who are already certified or certified-eligible athletic trainers (ATC). We have a long history of graduate education in Athletic Training with our program dating to 1975. Equal emphasis is placed on didactic coursework, mentored clinical experience, and an original research experience.

Effective immediately (September 1, 2016), the Department of Kinesiology in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia is voluntarily withdrawing from the accreditation of our post-professional Athletic Training master's program through the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). Students enrolled in the 2016-17 cohort will complete a CAATE-accredited post-professional master's program. Any students in future years will be completing a non-accredited post-professional master's program. Please note that accreditation of post-professional masters program in Athletic Training is voluntary.

To be clear, we are accepting applications for our non-accredited post-professional master's program for 2017-18.

Prerequisites and Admission Requirements

Applicants must be BOC certified or eligible for certification as an athletic trainer (ATC) prior to admission to the post-professional master's program in Athletic Training. For more information about board certification for athletic trainers, visit the BOC website.

You must be a graduate of a CAATE-accredited professional athletic training program in order to be eligible for BOC certification. For more information on accreditation of entry-level athletic training educational programs please visit the website of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.

Students also must meet the admission standards outlined in the Curry School of Education Admission Policies, which include a high standard of achievement during their undergraduate work (minimum of 3.0 GPA) and 2 outstanding recommendations. Note that recommendations should be solicited through the online application. Students are also required to submit one of the following:

  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores that are no more than 5 years old. GRE scores for students admitted for the 2016-17 academic year were at or above the 151 (verbal), 151 (quantitative), and 4.0 (analytical writing).
  • For applicants enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at UVA at the time of submission: SAT or ACT scores may be substituted for the GRE score. Applicants who had SAT or ACT scores sent to the university previously do not need to have them re-sent.

Applicants may submit unofficial test scores and transcripts with their application. However, official transcripts showing degree conferral and official test scores are required prior to matriculation.

Application Due Date

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications prior to January 1. Applications will begin to be reviewed after January 1 on a rolling admissions basis until we have filled our class for the upcoming year. Applications will be accepted until June 1 on a space-available basis.

Degree Requirements

Students complete 36 hours of coursework during the 13-month, intensive program. All courses provide advanced instruction related to Athletic Training and are taught by athletic training faculty for athletic training students. Courses are designed to meet the six post-professional core competencies of: 1) evidence-based practice, 2) interprofessional education and collaborative practice, 3) quality improvement, 4) healthcare informatics, 5) professionalism, and 6) patient-centered care. Formal coursework is taken during the initial summer of the program as well as during the fall and spring semesters. Students use the final summer to complete their thesis requirements.


Students take 27 credits of didactic courses, 6 thesis credits, and 3 practicum credits. All courses provide advanced instruction related to Athletic Training and are taught by athletic training faculty for post-professional athletic training students.

Clinical Experiences:

All students perform a mentored clinical experience at one of our affiliated sites. All admitted master's students receive a clinical placement that requires them to apply their knowledge at one of our 4 affiliated sites. These sites include:

UVA Intercollegiate Athletics
Charlottesville High School
Physical Therapy@ACAC/Monticello High School or Albemarle High School
PT Plus/Western Albemarle High School

Experienced clinical supervisors at each site provide clinical and professional mentorship to the master's students.


All students are required to complete a master's thesis consisting of an original research project. The expectation is that this is of such quality that it will be presented at a national professional meeting (NATA, ACSM…) and acceptable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Thesis topics must be performed in the area of expertise of one of the core athletic training faculty members. These are as follows:

Joe Hart, PhD, ATC, FNATA - muscle inhibition, knee injuries, clinical outcomes in orthopaedic sports medicine

Jay Hertel, PhD, ATC, FNATA - ankle sprains and instability, gait and postural control, clinical outcomes

Jake Resch, PhD, ATC - sports-related concussion

Sue Saliba, PhD, ATC, PT, FNATA - therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise

Students are assigned a faculty advisor at the end of the first summer based on mutual interest in a specific research area. Each master's student is also assigned a doctoral student mentor from the PhD program in Sports Medicine who shares the common research interest. The student’s master's thesis committee also includes at least one other faculty member with expertise in the specific research area. The master's thesis is a mentored process that is carried out through the entire length of the program.

Funding Opportunities

All admitted master's students receive a clinical placement that requires them to apply their knowledge at one of our 4 affiliated sites. These sites include: UVA Intercollegiate Athletics (10 placements), Charlottesville High School, Physical Therapy@ACAC/Monticello or Albemarle High School (2 placements), and PT Plus/Western Albemarle High School. All clinical sites have full-time athletic trainers who provide clinical and professional mentorship to the students.

Clinical duties are performed from approximately August 1-May 31. Students receive a stipend of $14,000 paid in equal installments every month September through May.

Please note that there is no tuition waiver associated with the clinical placement - students are responsible for either in-state or out-of-state tuition depending on their Virginia residency status. Students are also responsible for their own health insurance costs.

The assignment to specific clinical sites is made after the entire class of students has been filled. Specific sport assignments at each site are at the discretion of each site’s head athletic trainer and will be made during Summer I.

Students are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid, including work-study. Information about federal aid programs, including applying using the FAFSA, can be found through Student Financial Services. Additional financial aid information can be found on Curry's Financial Aid web page.

Typical Length of Study

13 months (June to June)

Full or Part Time:

Full-time students only.

Course Overview

During June of your second summer in the program, you will finish all requirements for your master's thesis (typically due by June 30th).

KINE 5400 Art & Science of Sports Medicine 3 credit hours
KINE 7410 Anatomical Bases of Sports Medicine 3 credit hours
KINE 7400 Translational Research in Athletic Training 3 credit hours
KINE 7420 Evidence-Based Sports Medicine 3 credit hours
KINE 7430 Pathology and Rehabilitation of Athletic Injuries 3 credit hours
KINE 8400 Clinical Biomechanics 3 credit hours
KINE 8980 Practicum in Athletic Training 1 credit hour
KINE 8999 Masters Thesis 3 credit hours
KINE 7440 Modalities in Athletic Training 3 credit hours
KINE 8410 Orthopedic Bases of Sports Medicine 3 credit hours
KINE 8995 Current Trends in Concussion Research 3 credit hours
KINE 8980 Practicum in Athletic Training 2 credit hours
KINE 8999 Masters Thesis 3 credit hours

Sample Jobs After Graduation

  • Clinical athletic training positions in colleges, high schools, professional sports or clinical settings.
  • Approximately 20% of our graduates are enrolled in a PhD program within 5 years of completion of the master's program.
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at

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